The 10 Best Long Distance Relationship Books and Novels
A long distance relationship is an intense and special adventure, so why don’t you try books or novels about this topic?
It could be a great way to learn from the experiences of other (real or fictional) couples and find ideas and inspiration for your daily life.
Here are the 10 Best Long Distance Relationship Books and Novels!
1. “Dear John” by Nicholas Sparks
An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life–until he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who captured his heart. But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist. And sadly, the long separation finds Savannah falling in love with someone else.
“Dear John,” the letter read…and with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives were changed forever. Returning home, John must come to grips with the fact that Savannah, now married, is still his true love–and face the hardest decision of his life.
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2. “Landing” by Emma Donoghue
A delightful, old-fashioned love story with a uniquely twenty-first-century twist, Landing is a romantic comedy that explores the pleasures and sorrows of long-distance relationships—the kind millions of us now maintain mostly by plane, phone, and Internet. Síle is a stylish citizen of the new Dublin, a veteran flight attendant who’s traveled the world. Jude is a twenty-five-year-old archivist, stubbornly attached to the tiny town of Ireland, Ontario, in which she was born and raised. On her first plane trip, Jude’s and Síle’s worlds touch and snag at Heathrow Airport. In the course of the next year, their lives, and those of their friends and families, will be drawn into a new, shaky orbit.
This sparkling, lively story explores age-old questions: Does where you live matter more than who you live with? What would you give up for love, and would you be a fool to do so?
3. “The Middle Ages: A Novel” by Jennie Fields
When you least expect it, life can turn you around. Take forty-something Jane Larson. Although she views her situation with wry humor, her life feels frozen. An architect, she’s had the same job for eighteen years, designing chain banks, grocery stores, and dry cleaners instead of the beautiful houses she craves to create. Living in Brooklyn with her difficult teenage daughters, she’s lost all hope for the possibility of love or excitement.
Then she’s let go from her firm and is suddenly free to pursue her career dreams. And when she contacts her old college flame, an exhilarating long-distance correspondence with him reawakens that part of her she’s long ignored. Does Jane have the courage to gamble with her heart? Can happily-ever-after be a reality for people who’ve done it all before?
With warmth and humor Fields explores the territory of middle age, proving that it’s never too late to reinvent your life, or to take the risks that bring us the pleasures we all deserve.
4. “Beijing: A Novel” by Philip Gambone
Escaping his ghosts, AIDS widower David Masiello accepts a one-year position at a Western medical clinic in Beijing. Lonely but excited, he sets out to explore the city—both its bustling street life and its clandestine gay subculture. David chronicles his adventures in China as he wrestles with cultural dislocation, loneliness, and sexual and spiritual longing.
After a series of both comic and poignant encounters with gay Chinese men, he meets Bosheng, a handsome young artist. Though the attraction is strong, a difficult courtship ensues, during which Bosheng returns to his ancestral village to marry the girl his parents have chosen for him. Eventually, and quite unexpectedly, David and Bosheng reconnect and share an idyllic spring together. As the year ends, David must decide whether to say goodbye or face the uncertainties of a long-distance relationship.
5. “When Love Comes Back” by Lorenzo T Gladden
The one thing that separates a good man from a bad one is the ability to admit his wrongs and, if given the opportunity, make them right.-Lorenzo T. Gladden When Love Comes BackPacked with passion, desire, and music. When Love Comes Back is one man’s struggle to find that one piece of the puzzle that is missing true love. André Marshall is a suave and debonair man that becomes employed by a multi-media network. In taking the position, he moves to Atlanta, leaving behind a woman that loves him, Alicia Burroughs.
When he arrives to Atlanta, she expresses her undying love for him. When they find that the feeling is mutual, they try to overcome a long distance relationship. Now he has one year to either get things tightly bound between he and Alicia or let her go. A promotion launches André to the top. The position brings a salary increase, an Escalade, an apartment downtown and most of all Women.
What is a man to do when he has more than one woman to choose from? Who does he choose or can he choose? You’ll never be able to answer these questions until you hear the entire story.
6. “In Your Room” by Jordanna Fariberg
Molly and Charlie have fallen head over heels in love, even though they’ve never met Molly is a fashion-conscious city girl in L.A. Charlie is an earthy, mountain-biking dude from Boulder, Colorado. Each of them has big plans with their respective friends for the summer, until they discover that their parents decided to swap houses! Luckily there’s no amount of homesickness that a bit of snooping can’t cure. Charlie and Molly begin crawling under beds and poking around in closets to find out a little more about each other and they like what they find.
Can Charlie and Molly’s long-distance romance survive jealousy, misunderstandings and the thousand miles between them?
7. “The Distance Between Us” by Kasie West
Money can’t buy a good first impression.
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers learned early that the rich are not to be trusted. And after years of studying them from behind the cash register of her mom’s porcelain-doll shop, she has seen nothing to prove otherwise. Enter Xander Spence—he’s tall, handsome, and oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and the fact that he seems to be one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But just when Xander’s loyalty and attentiveness are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized.
With so many obstacles standing in their way, can she close the distance between them?
8. “A Literation: T:LDR To: Long Distance Relationships” by A Literation
For years, a dynamic and diverse retinue of writers have been plying their craft on tumblogs, filling the folds of #poetry and #prose with original works which resonate with thousands of readers around the globe. A Literation began with a mission to expose these writers and their community, joining hands with the extant community of photographers and illustrators who infuse Tumblr with their creations. In this issue, 14 artists lend their eyes and voices to an immersive experience that includes works by Aditi Nagrath, Brittney Dussault, Katherine Gregory, Eric Silver, Ana Caballero and more.
9. “Long Division: A Novel” by Jane Berentson
Annie Harper is a twenty-four-year-old elementary school teacher when her soldier-boyfriend, David, is sent overseas. Determined to record her desolate and devoted hours, she begins a memoir that she imagines will be a tender homage to “all the women at home.” Instead, Annie misses David but finds herself. Told through Annie’s memoir-in- progress, Long Division vividly renders the inner life of a quirky young woman stuck between what she really feels and what she thinks she should.
Readers of Curtis Sittenfeld and Marisa de los Santos-as well as the many real-life women left awaiting a soldier’s return-will be captivated by Jane Berentson’s quirky and wonderfully refreshing debut novel.
10. “Almost Paradise” by Susan Isaacs
Just take their relationship. Nick is stunningly handsome, the blue-eyed scion of a blue-blood New York family. Rich, talented, confident, he will become the world’s most famous movie star. Jane is delightfully funny, a dark-skinned, dark-haired, half-Jewish, half-German daughter of the Midwest. Smart, gifted, loving, she will become famous in her own right as well… From the time they first meet in their Social and Intellectual History of the U.S. course at Brown University, it’s love at first sight. Coming together from two very different worlds, they will cast off adversity and disapproval to forge a life filled with work, love, and children.
But fame and success come at a high price–their marriage. Just when it seems the promise of their love might be renewed, an accident leaves Jane hovering between life and death. Now, it’s not only their union that might not survive, but Jane too…Almost Paradise is vintage Susan Isaacs, a witty, poignant, and engrossing tale of a man, a woman, and a passion wondrous, heartbreaking, and unforgettable.
If you find any other interesting book or novel about LDRs, let me know in the comment section below and I will add it to the list!